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Best phaser for bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Tristan, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. Tristan


    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    Hello, I'm looking for a good bass phaser. Ideally I'd like it to be one i can find new, but I am open to anything. I definitely want analog.

  2. Kelly Coyle

    Kelly Coyle

    Nov 16, 2004
    Mankato, MN
    I like my Pigtronix, and it works pretty well as an envelope filter as well (and a wah if you get the expression pedal...).
  3. Heckxx


    Nov 2, 2004
    Libertyville, IL
    I quote myself, "A good phaser is the MXR Phase 90. Easy to use. Very transparent. Absolutely no loss of bass end"
    kpow and coughiefiend like this.
  4. +1

    It's the only one that side-chains the envelope to an external source.
  5. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Heeey.. Does that mean that I could control the envelope with my straight bass, but have the effect actually occur on the signal that emerges from the Comressor+distortion? I can just imagine.

    Oo. Is it getting hot in here?

  6. BINGO - give the man a cigar! But it gets even better - split your guitar signal running one through your FX and the other into a regular volume pedal. Voila - you get one of the coolest wah sounds anywhere. It's also neat to use a mic on the trigger-in and pretend you're Peter Frampton :cool: . Or micing the kick locks you in with the drums like nothing else. It's over the top!
  7. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Oh Baby.

    I might have to get me one of those.

  8. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA

    its getting hot in here alright

    i had no idea you could do those things with the pigtronix. i bet the dual outputs on my digitech synth could be put to good use
  9. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    Both the MXR Phase 90 and Electro-Harmonix Small Stone sound really good. Although I haven't personally played through one, I've also heard good things about the MXR Phase 100 (also Jason Newsted uses one). In my opinion the MXRs have an advantage, because they are built like tanks. The Small Stone seems a bit weaker, but has the added feature of a colour switch, which helps to beef up your tone. The Small Stone is also a fair bit less expensive. Hope this helps! :)

    Graeme :bassist:

    Edit: I have no idea if either of these are Analog or Digital. I'm not sure how to tell.
  10. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    Akai Intelliphase is good too. It's a huge pedal though.
  11. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I think the MXR sounds a little better than the Small Stone, but I'm using a Small Stone right now because my Phase 90 didn't always turn on and off in my pedalboard. I use an old Boss PSM-5 to provide power, and the MXR just didn't like it as much as the EH does. I'm hoping I can adjust the internal trim pot so the EH gets a bit better; if that doesn't work, I may get a Pigtronix.


    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    I'm using a Red Witch Moon Phaser & it works very well with bass & has tons of sounds from Floyd to ???.


    PS: It's analog & has an internal trim pot for effect gain + the company owner/builder replies instantly to any concerns.
  13. I love my maestro...It gives a huge sound (almost as big as the pedal itself), but it also boosts
    my signal quite a bit when it hits the low part of the phase cycle...which is pretty cool if your rig can handle it.


    Also, the dials light up and look real purty. :cool:
  14. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Red Witch? That's one I'd never heard of!


  15. PawleeP


    Oct 8, 2012
  16. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I think if you want a phaser that retains your tone and let's the character of your bass shine, the MXR Phase 90 is the best thing going. (And not expensive)
  17. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    Wow. Almost a 10 year-old thread !
    + 1 on the MXR Phase 90. I have the block model and its a killer.
  18. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    Phase 90. Perfect for bass and it's THE classic phaser sound.
  19. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    The HomeBrew Electronics (HBE) Psilocybe really impressed me. Retains a lot of low end and sounds great towards the end of the chain. The seafoam green is a bit silly, but there are other colors out there as well.